Housing Safety


Below are some general tips to keep your residence secure while you are home and away. You can find more information from the University Police.

General Housing Safety

  • Always lock your door and avoid dead-bolting it open, even for a few minutes.
  • Use the peep hole - make sure you know who is at the door before you open it.
  • Immediately report suspicious activity to University Police.
  • Report any broken windows, window screens, door latches or lights that aren't functioning to landlord so repairs can be made in a timely fashion.
  • Require identification and authorization from all service people.
  • Make sure all smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors work properly.
  • Report ANY suspicious activity to Police (NUPD 847-491-3456 or 911). This is your neighborhood and you have a sense of who generally belongs there. Do not hesitate to call to help protect yourself and your neighbors.

Neighborhood Crime

CrimeReports.com has partnered with Evanston City Officials to provide NU students, residents and businesses a service to enter an address and see when and where crimes occurred in that neighborhood.

Vacation Safety and Security

  • Make sure you secure or remove all valuables (i.e. jewelry, computers, television sets, etc.).
  • Unplug power strips and make sure stoves and other appliances are turned off.
  • Before leaving, close and lock all windows, close all shades / drapes and lock and bolt entrance door(s).
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your place and pick up your mail, newspaper and packages while you are away; or contact the postal service to hold your mail. Accumulation of these items are a sign you are away.

Renter's Insurance

Some students can be covered under their family member’s homeowners’ insurance policy for a small additional fee. Before purchasing Renter’s Insurance, talk with your family to see if this is an option for you.